Seventeen-year-old Jarret Edenton, accused of killing his father, was released from jail after 3rd Circuit Judge Philip Palmer reduced his $50,000 bail to $5,000 Thursday.
Defense attorney Kristine Rogers argued she needed Edenton out of jail to prepare a defense similar to battered-woman syndrome. Palmer ruled there was not a substantial risk Edenton would flee or commit new crimes.The boy left his mother's home three years ago to live with his father, Anthony, in a one-room unit at the Windsor Hotel. Rogers said Edenton's family felt he needed a strong male role model but later learned the boy was being abused.
On Aug. 2, Edenton allegedly plunged a knife into his father's back five times as they walked along a street. The teen was charged with murder as an adult.
Edenton is to live with his mother, who posted his bond. A preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 8.